Some of you will recognize this as a re-creation/reinterpretation of the cover of Whiz Comics #2, first appearance of the original Captain Marvel in the Golden Age.
This was inspired by a story a friend told me a few weeks back. Like me, his default setting when someone says “Captain Marvel” is to think first of the Fawcett Comics original. His wife doesn’t particularly read a lot of comics, but she’s familiar with the character through him. Recently, he and his wife were out at the movies. They were looking at the posters for coming attractions. One was for Marvel’s Captain Marvel film. My friend’s wife looked at the poster and was puzzled. “Um, why is Captain Marvel a girl?”
Looking around online, there seems to be more than one person out there who’s a little confused as to why these different characters have the same name. I’ve seen forums where this question’s been asked. People who know what’s going on try to explain, only to perhaps go into too much detail, causing the eyes of those who asked the question to glaze over and regret their having asked. So I’m not going to get into all that here.
This just appealed to my sense of fun to make this swap. It’s not like I haven’t made a character swap like this before! I’ve even swapped publishers on this one. In my mind, this would’ve been published by Timely/Marvel. I even gave the Captain a new/old logo, in line with the kind of logos they used back then.
And like many of you, I’m looking forward to seeing what Marvel has done with their Captain Marvel in the movie!